The World Cup Finals and the Refugee Experience

This Sunday, the World Cup will come to a close with a European battle of wills: Spain and the Netherlands, two teams that have never won the championship, will fight it out to see who can make history first. Both countries are known for partying hard, and the celebrations of either team’s win will likely … Continue reading

Breaking Away at the World Cup

Breakaway is a story-based, football-themed electronics game that uses soccer to encourage good decisions in young people. Created through Champlain College, the development team has just released the first three episodes of Chapter One online and on CD. Better yet, they have also put it in the hands of multiple kids’ groups this year at … Continue reading

The Outcast but United Marginalized

If yesterday’s post made you sad, here’s a dose of hope for your weekend. Yesterday someone asked me how I became a soccer nut. I don’t know the answer to that question, but this story has helped me stay one! I’ll be traveling for a couple of days and look forward to some old friends … Continue reading

Koman Coulibaly and the Marginalized

Today the U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Algeria in their final group round match of the World Cup. In case you’ve been unconscious for the last week and missed it, last week’s game between the United States and Slovenia ended in both glory and controversy. The U.S. recovered from a 2-0 deficit to tie … Continue reading

The World Cup and Marginalized Dreamers

It’s Movie Day at The Marginalized! Below I’ve attached an episode of Current TV’s Vanguard series. In this documentary, Mariana van Zeller explores a growing trend in Ghana: the exploitation and trafficking of many young African men who dream of finding fame by playing football in Europe. The episode is 45 minutes, so I know … Continue reading

The Real Football and the Good in Life

[The video above is from NotforSale: South Africa, and expresses the excitement leading up to the World Cup, not just as fans but as activists. It presents the fun and anticipation of working to end a terrible crime like slavery by giving human trafficking “the red card”.] A few people have commented over the past … Continue reading

The Real Football and North Korea

It is always strange for me to see North Koreans compete at high-profile events like the World Cup. It seems out of place: the most brutal dictatorship on earth taking part in fun and games. Something doesn’t seem right about it, like stories about children raised by wolves. They often seem to get there, though, be … Continue reading

A More Perfect Union: the TIP Report

Secretary Clinton Announces Release of 2010 TIP Report – photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of State The 2010 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report was released yesterday – the tenth report of its kind. The comprehensive, global report is a resource for groups working to combat trafficking, from American suburbs to African villages. The report included the … Continue reading

The Real Football and Reconciliation

Soccer opens the door for reconciliation. Right… tell that to Scotland’s Celtic and Rangers fans… Celtic and Rangers clash in 2008 But it really does. It is probably because the sport is such a global success that, especially in countries that accept a lot of refugees and immigrants, people who normally would not find belonging … Continue reading

Prayer for South Africa and the World Cup

The World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world. That is simply amazing (I mean, really? More than the Canadian curling championship? What is the world coming to?). So, no surprise, it is a very big deal that South Africa is hosting the event for the first time on the African continent, … Continue reading

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